How Meghan and Harry's Oprah Interview Could Impact William and Kate's Tour

Prince William and Kate Middleton's tour of the Caribbean could face disruption due to the fallout from Harry and Meghan's 2021 interview with Oprah Winfrey, according to Newsweek's The Royal Report podcast.

In a bonus episode of The Royal Report, Newsweek's Chief Royal Correspondent Jack Royston discussed the possibility that William and Kate could face protests during their visit to the Caribbean island of Jamaica later this month.

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Speaking with author and royal commentator Kristen Meinzer, Royston discussed what he called "the legacy" of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's bombshell 2021 interview with Oprah, stating:

"The biggest take home, and what will be the longest running thing, is the allegation that an unnamed member of the royal family made racist comments about what Meghan and Harry's children's skin color would be and how dark it would be.

Looking back to the 90s, Princess Diana did her tell-all interview and the one line that stands out from that was 'there were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded' and I think that the allegation of racism is the 'three of us' equivalent for Meghan and Harry."

Meinzer, in agreement with Royston, reflected that:

"There are already so many indications that the institution [of the monarchy] itself was racist, but the idea that certain individuals in the family were also racist towards Meghan and her children with Harry, that was explosive for a lot of people."

Buckingham Palace released a rare statement after the Oprah interview was broadcast, saying: "The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning. While some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately."

In the bonus episode of The Royal Report podcast, Royston and Meinzer discuss the long-term impact of the Oprah interview one year on. Royston highlights the pertinence of the decision for William and Kate to visit the Caribbean following Barbados' removal of the Queen as Head of State last year and following republican discussions around the time of Jamaica's last general election:

"Removing the Queen as head of state was a live issue for Jamaica at the most recent general election...This could have serious implications and now I think it's no coincidence that William and Kate are visiting the Caribbean as part of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee and Jamaica is one of the countries on their tour."

Royston closed the discussion about the allegations of royal racism by posing the question as to how the Oprah interview may impact the planned visit to Jamaica:

"It will be really interesting to see whether Oprah comes up for them or comes up in the general commentary and debate around the visit... I would not be at all surprised if there was a wider debate and commentary and you might even see protests in Jamaica I think. That's happened before for the royals, it could very easily happen again."

William and Kate are due to undertake a tour of Belize, the Bahamas and Jamaica in celebration of Queen Elizabeth II's Platinum Jubilee from March 19-26.

William and Kate, Harry and Meghan
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's 2021 interview with Oprah Winfrey sent shockwaves through the royal family. Meghan has not returned to the UK since the interviews transmission. Pictured here at Buckingham Palace, July 10, 2018. Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images